Close-up of sand from a beach in VancouverThis Study And Poem Were Inspired By
Jay & Elizabeth Roberts

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Psalm 139:17-18 (NIV)
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

   The picture at left shows a surface area of less than 1 inch by 1 inch square.
As you can see, even with substantial magnification it would be impossible to number each individual grain of sand shown.
   Matthew Henry wrote the following in his commentary on Psalm 139:17-18 in reference to God's thoughts towards us. "Numerous to admiration: How great is the sum of them! We cannot conceive how many God’s kind counsels have been concerning us, how many good turns he has done us, and what variety of mercies we have received from him. If we would count them, the heads of them, much more the particulars of them, they are more in number than the sand, and yet every one great and very considerable, Ps. 40:5. We cannot conceive the multitude of God’s compassions, which are all new every morning."
    Psalm 40:5, noted by Matthew Henry above tells us God's wonders are too many too count. Psalm 40:5 (NIV) 5 Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.
    God in His word tells us
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isa. 55:9) With that in mind, consider this fact from the heavens.
    A galaxy is a system of stars, dust, and gas held together by gravity. Our solar system is in a galaxy called the Milky Way. Scientists estimate that there are more than 100 billion galaxies scattered throughout the visible universe. Small galaxies have fewer than a billion stars. Large galaxies have more than a trillion. There are about 100 billion stars in the Milky Way. God's Word says that the Creator has numbered and named each star that exits. If you took every word from every language known to man on earth you could not find enough words to name 1/10th of the stars in our Milky Way Galaxy alone. God's ways are indeed higher than man's and God is thinking precious thoughts about you.  As the ending of the poem declares, "
Ten billion precious thoughts, then ten billion more, Just receive the love, for you'll never know the score! God loves you! In His love, Jay

    My dear friends Jay and Elizabeth Roberts
inspired me to write this mini study and the poem "SAND" during their recent visit to my home (Jan. 18, 2010) while they were in the area ministering at a local church. During their visit I shared my poem and mini study "STARS" with them and how there may actually be as many stars in the unseen universe as there are grains of sand on earth since scientists estimate there are 100 billion galaxies in the visible universe and almost as one they began to share with me that earlier they had been discussing how God's thoughts toward us are precious and as numerous as the sand referring to Psalm 139:17-18. Jay (the other one) then explained to me that if you had a handful of sand you could not count the grains of sand in your hand, and if you could not number that small amount of sand how could all the sand on earth be numbered and as Jay and Elizabeth shared their thoughts with me something clicked in my heart and I told them there would be a new poem coming shortly, hence, "SAND". Thank you J & E, love you, Jay (this one)